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Mississippi Initiative Threatens Access to Infertility Treatments
(October 18, 2011, McLean, VA) – RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association called on the infertility community to oppose Mississippi Initiative 26 during the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) 67th Annual Meeting this week in Orlando, FL. On November 8, 2011 residents of Mississippi will vote on Initiative 26, a so called “Personhood Amendment” that will change how a person is defined in the Mississippi Constitution.
Mississippi’s one-sentence amendment, Initiative Measure Number 26, reads: “The term ‘person’ or ‘persons’ shall include every human being from the moment of fertilization, cloning or the functional equivalent thereof.” Since 2008, RESOLVE and its Board of Directors have stated their opposition to any attempts to pass Personhood Amendments or legislation as it undermines access to safe and reliable infertility medical treatments.
“It is clear that with the prospect of intense governmental scrutiny of their medical practice and the threat of criminal sanctions, doctors will not want to practice reproductive medicine in Mississippi and will leave,” said RESOLVE Board Member, Lee Rubin Collins, JD.
“Most insiders believe that if Initiative 26 passes, it will give momentum to the Personhood movement, and more states will follow suit,” said Barbara Collura, RESOLVE’s Executive Director. “RESOLVE opposes Initiative 26 and urges all Mississippi residents to VOTE NO on Initiative 26 on November 8. Everyone in the infertility community should be urging their friends and family in Mississippi to ‘VOTE NO on Initiative 26.’”
One in eight U.S. couples of childbearing age is diagnosed with infertility. For more information, visit www.resolve.org
About RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association: Established in 1974, RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association is a non-profit organization with the only established, nationwide network mandated to promote reproductive health and to ensure equal access to all family building options for men and women experiencing infertility or other reproductive disorders. One in eight U.S. couples of childbearing age is diagnosed with infertility. RESOLVE addresses this public health issue by providing community to these women and men, connecting them with others who can help, empowering them to find resolution and giving voice to their demands for access to all family building options. For more information, visit www.RESOLVE.org.